This is the Lower Lake that is home to a large variety of water lilies and ornamental fish. The setting is very relaxing and peaceful.

Burnby Hall Gardens

Burnby Hall Gardens are located close to the centre of Pocklington a market town in the East Riding of Yorkshire and is home to the national Collection of Hardy Water Lilies. With more than 100 varieties, the gardens covering eight acres, are home to the largest and highest quality displays of Hardy Water Lilies to be seen in a natural setting anywhere in the world.

Burnby Hall water lilies
In addition to the National Collection of water lilies, the gardens are home to an extensive range of trees, plants, shrubs and flowers. As the above formal area of the gardens demonstrate.

The water lilies are displayed in the upper and lower lakes, which are also home to shoals of ornamental fish that love to be hand fed by visitors, this may explain why most the fish are so large. The gardens also contain an extensive range of ornamental trees, plants, shrubs and flowers. The setting is also ideal for the open air Brass Band concerts that are held regularly during the summer months.

Burnby Hall Bandstand
The bandstand is adjacent to the lower Lake and can be seen in the above picture with its green roof, the other building is the tea room and museum. Listening to the brass band on a sunny afternoon surrounded by water and colourful plants is very pleasant.

The gardens were created by Major Percy Stewart who was born in 1871. Major Stewart was an adventurer hunter and traveller in the mould of Indiana Jones and after travelling around the world seven times, he settled down in his home at Burnby Hall and encouraged by his wife, gave up big game hunting in favour of pursuing different species of water lilies. The water lilies complemented his earlier interest in fishing, which was the original reason for constructing the two lakes, to provide private Trout fishing. Major Stewart died in 1962 and left his gardens in a trust for the benefit of the people of Pocklington. A museum recording his exploits is situated in the tea rooms building.

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